GAO: How the Federal Government Plans to Spend $79 Billion in IT Investments in 2011

The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates federal government IT spending for fiscal year 2011 will be $79 billion, as outlined by GAO Director of Information Technology Management Issues David A. Powner in testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government held March 17.

Powner’s testimony includes a critique of the data accuracy of Office of Management and Budget’s IT Dashboard and highlights general improvements, including U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra’s TechSat sessions with agency IT leaders and its 25-Point Plan To Reform Federal IT Management (.pdf).


OMB’s recent efforts have resulted in greater oversight and management of federal IT investments, but continued attention is necessary to build on the progress that has been made. For example, OMB and federal agencies need to improve the accuracy of information on the Dashboard, and continue to use OMB’s TechStat sessions to address troubled investments. In addition, the full implementation of OMB’s 18-month roadmap to reform federal IT management, along with outstanding GAO recommendations, should result in more effective IT management and delivery of mission-critical systems, as well as further reduction in wasteful spending on poorly managed investments.


Here’s a breakdown from the GAO:

Breakdown of $79.4 Billion in Planned IT Investments for Fiscal Year 2011

Full details at the GAO Website, Information Technology: Investment Oversight and Management Have Improved but Continued Attention Is Needed. Download the overview (.pdf) or full report (.pdf).

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